Food Review: Wildseed Cafe by The Summerhouse at Seletar Aerospace Park | The next hip cafe in the North East
The Place Seletar Aerospace Park is the next foodie destination, at least for the first half of 2017. After we visited Wheeler’s Estate (read our full review here), The Summerhouse is the other big concept to look out for. The Summerhouse essentially is a farm-to-table concept which has a restaurant on level two of the colonial bungalow space, where it also manages Wildseed, a casual cafe concept located on level one of the sprawling space. Interestingly, Wildseed Cafe is not just a cafe, as its cosy space also incorporates a floral concept by PoPPy Floral Studio.
The Food A cafe in the day and bar at night, Wildseed serves coffee by Nomad The Gallant coffee roasters, in addition to sandwiches, pastries and cakes.
From the savoury dishes, we tried some of the Independent Uruguay (S$15), a vegetarian sandwich dish with carrot pesto, feta cheese, pickled beetroot, falafel, Kranji lettuce, yoghurt sauce prepared from rye bread. I am usually not a huge fan of anything purely vegetarian, but this dish was a good attempt to create a punchy flavour, particularly with the addition of cheese and beetroot. This was a pleasant surprise.
Otherwise, there are the meaty options such as the Pork & Krauts (S$15) filled with pulled pork and nuts. The pulled pork is the main draw no doubt, prepared with pork collar which was first cured, smoked and then slow-cooked to give it that tender texture. Alternatively, the Morocano (S$18) should appeal if you love beef, filled with braised beef brisket prepared for three days.
For something addictive to share, we had the Super Thin Curly Chips (S$11) served with Soy sauce seaweed mayonnaise. Frankly, the texture was so thin that I had to resort to having a huge chunk at one go. Not a big issue, just that it was an ugly sight I’m sure.
The Deep fried hollandaise balls (S$12) seemed normal on the surface but the small balls were filled with yummy hollandaise sauce which literally burst in the mouth.
One of my favourite savoury item here is the Kaya Toast, a twist on our familiar local bread with the use of sour dough, kaya jam, house-made butter, dessicated coconut, Gula Melaka, pandan, and sous vide egg. Who would have thought of the ingenious coconut/Gula Melaka/Pandan elements into our toast?
For the sweets, the Pancake was not quite the fluffy style I imagined it to be. Drizzled with maple syrup and topped with roasted sweet corn, it was also filled with its house-made butter. I thought that it was all too buttery and too much sweetness on a slice. It will probably be better for us to have the option of adding the amount of maple syrup we would have preferred.
Other dessert options include the Citronella passionfruit cheesecake (S$6.50), Honey lemon rosemary tart (S$6.50) and Pea flower coconut muffin.
Rants The ulu or offbeat location is charming or a bane depending on how you view it. The indoor space at Wildseed cafe is quite limited too.
Will I Return Again? Wildseed Cafe will probably be the next favourite hangout in this part of North-Eastern Singapore. We are glad that we finally have a Dempsey in Seletar Aerospace Park. The ambience of the whole development is quite out of the world in Singapore’s context, with a selection of hearty food and good coffee to park ourselves here in future.
This was an invited tasting, though all opinions expressed are our own.
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Taste bud: 3.5/5
Hole in the pocket: 3.5/5
Overall Experience: 3.5/5
3 Park Lane
Tel: +65 6262 1063
Tuesday to Friday: 10am to 7pm, with Wildseed Bar opening from 4pm to 10pm
Saturday to Sunday: 9am to 7pm, with Wildseed Bar opening from 4pm to 11pm
Closed on Monday
Ranted by The Ranter